Lawyer prepares to meet Afghan killings soldier suspect.

AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock A Seattle defense attorney prepared…

AP Photo/DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock

A Seattle defense attorney prepared to meet Monday with Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who is facing formal charges in an attack on two slumbering Afghan villages that left 16 people dead, including nine children.

John Henry Browne flew to Kansas Sunday ahead of his first face-to-face meeting with the 10-year Army veteran, who is being held in an isolated cell at Fort Leavenworth’s military prison.

Bales, 38, hasn’t been charged in the March 11 shootings, which have endangered relations between the U.S. and Afghanistan and threaten to upend U.S. policy over the decade-old war.

Source: Gene Johnson for the Associated Press.

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